Housing Resources Coordinator VISTA
The Housing Resources Coordinator will work on tools that help Alisal and Salinas residents access affordable and safe housing. Based on researched best practices, this VISTA member will draft policies and ordinances to promote the production of affordable housing to address homelessness and overcrowding.
This VISTA will also support the implementation of the Farmer worker Housing Action Plan. In the Alisal, the VISTA will train volunteers to complete a housing inventory documenting the approximate physical condition of housing in the Alisal to get a clear, data-backed picture of housing quality and needs in the area. This data will help the City know where to target programs such as housing rehabilitation assistance, fair housing resources, and code enforcement.
This AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) position is part of the Alisal Vibrancy Plan support Team. The Alisal is a neighborhood located on the east side of the City of Salinas and is home to a majority-minority population that is 94 percent Hispanic or Latino, with 33 percent of its residents living in poverty, compared to 21 percent of Salinas residents overall.
The Alisal Plan is a community-driven planning process that will communicate the collective vision of the residents and strategies for on-going collaboration and partnership between the City and community in addressing issues and opportunities specific to the Alisal. The Alisal Plan Support Team, comprised of five VISTA members, will work together on multifaceted strategies to alleviate poverty in the Alisal neighborhood by focusing on Economic Opportunity, Housing, Education and Literacy, and Healthy Futures. For more information on the program, please visit the VISTA page of the City of Salinas website.
VISTA member positions are designed for one year of service. The ideal candidate will have 4-year degree in planning or a related field and excellent writing/communication skills. Experience related to housing is a plus. Bilingual English/Spanish abilities are beneficial, but not required.
VISTA service benefits include:
Modest living allowance ($15,994/year)
Segal Education Award of $6,095 at completion of service
Paid professional development and training opportunities
Year of experience in government offices working on housing and related planning topics
Interested candidates please apply through the AmeriCorps Portal - link